Sometimes when administration hacks defend their boss they don’t quite understand what they are saying. For example, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka criticized the President’s effort on fixing the job market. He said said Obama has not offered bold enough solutions to fix the economy and has been distracted by Republican demands to bring down the national deficit.
Today Labor Secretary Solis rejected Trumka’s criticism and said the president has been focused on jobs.
Solis said Obama has “absolutely not” been nibbling around the edges in trying to fix the economy and instead had offered bold solutions to create jobs as the economy struggles. She highlighted Obama’s efforts to help the U.S. auto industry.
“Absolutely not,” Solis told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Monitor. “I can say that because the last two and a half years I have spent a tremendous amount of time ramping, reforming and reinventing some of our job-creating programs to strengthen them, to better coordinate them with our partners in the field.”
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Maybe Solis should have let well enough alone. Think about it for a moment. Trumka was claiming Obama wasn’t doing enough in the job market. He may be right, after all the unemployment is over 9% (and he promised it wouldn’t go over 8%). But according to Solis the administration has been working hard on jobs, which means their programs haven’t been working. Instead of jobs not being a priority the Secretary of Labor is saying something much worse, the Obama administration is simply not up to the task.